Newcastle United Under-23s 0 West Bromwich Albion Under-23s 1
Newcastle United Under-23s were narrowly beaten by their West Bromwich Albion counterparts after a 1-0 defeat in the Premier League Cup group stages.
Nick Clayton-Philips' drilled finish before the half time break gave Albion the lead at Whitley Park after Luke Charman had hit the post with a vicious strike.
The young Magpies posed a threat throughout the contest but were ultimately fell short in register a much-needed goal as they remained into second place of Group C following the loss.
Newcastle's youngsters headed into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat in Premier League 2 against their Aston Villa counterparts, with Neil Redfearn also stepping down from his role as under-23s head coach this week.
Defensive duo Jamie Sterry and Lewis Cass returned to the starting line-up after the pair sat out Monday's trip to Aston Villa with minor injuries while teenager Josh Scott was handed his first start for the young Magpies.
With Jonjo Shelvey, Sean and Matty Longstaff along with head coach Steve Bruce in attendance, the hosts almost got off to a perfect start at Whitley Park as Luke Charman, who had netted four times in his previous five games, got onto the end of Jack Young's dangerous corner but the in-form forward's header was directed straight at Albion goalkeepr Brad House.
Newcastle continued their positive start in the early stages as Charman went close again to breaking the deadlock, picking the ball up on the halfway line before racing through on goal after evading a challenge from Dara O'Shea but the 21-year-old's attempt at goal was directed wide of the target.
United goalkeeper Jake Turner, replacing Dan Langley in between the sticks for the cup contest, kept Albion at bay with an important stop to deny Jamie Soule.
After a teasing cross from Clayton-Philips found Soule inside the six-yard area, the striker was unable to connect with the ball cleanly, allowing Turner to push away the close-range effort.
Charman went even closer to breaking the deadlock after Tom Allan and Josh Scott combined neatly before the latter found Charman but, despite the striker cutting inside to evade his marker, saw his powerful effort strike the post.
In the 41st minute, the Baggies took the lead as Chris Willock picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area before finding Clayton-Philips on the left side of the penalty area, who rifled the ball beyond Turner.
In the second half, both sides chased for an all-important goal with West Brom's Finn Azaz drawing a key stop from Turner. After a neat lofted ball behind the United defence, Azaz let fly with a powerful strike on target, with the former England under-20 international standing firm with a brave block.
United sent on teenage midfielder Joe White - who had received a call-up to the England under-18 squad - and Scotland under-18 international Elliot Anderson in the hope of an equaliser in the closing stages.
With the game approaching its latter stages, United saw an effort cleared off the line as Oisín McEntee - who has captained Republic of Ireland at under-19 level - rose highest from Tom Allan's cross but West Brom defender George Harmon was positioned on the post to clear the ball to safety.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Oisín McEntee, Oliver Walters, Tom Allan, Jack Young, Mo Sangare (Joe White 60), Josh Scott (Elliot Anderson 60), Kyle Scott, Luke Charman.
Subs not used: Ludwig Francillette, Dan Langley, Kain Reed.